IRL: St. Pete: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. March 31-April 2, 2006 -- Round 2 of 14 Race Distance: 180 miles or 291.3 kilometers (100 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
March 31-April 2, 2006 -- Round 2 of 14

Race Distance: 180 miles or 291.3 kilometers (100 laps on the 1.80-mile temporary street course).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: For the only temporary street-circuit race this season, Firestone delivered 770 dry-condition and 332 wet-condition Firehawk race tires for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team determines in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Those cars that make the "Firestone Fast Six" for the final segment of qualifying receive an additional set for that session only. Firestone Racing engineers are bringing an updated version of their highest-grip ("softest") street-course compound/construction tires. While the compound formula has changed slightly from 2005, the tire performance aspects should remain quite similar.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Firestone supplies each car up to four sets of grooved-tread rain tires (16 total tires) per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. Teams can provide two additional sets of the same-spec rain tire that may have been distributed at an earlier test. The softer street-course rain tire specification was selected for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Paul Dana's family and friends, and will remain with them into the future. As difficult as it may be following the tragedy of last weekend, we must forge ahead with the schedule and that brings us to St. Petersburg. We're bringing a new Firehawk street-course tire this weekend that we believe will give all the drivers the comfort and confidence they need on this tight but fast circuit. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was an incredibly exciting and successful event last year, and Firestone is pleased to again support this fine race with Official Tire status. We also look forward to seeing a double dose of Indy Pro Series action as that group races twice this weekend in St. Pete on the way to crowning the next champion and recipient of the Firestone Firehawk Cup."

Firestone Performance Award: During the 2006 season, Firestone Racing continues presenting this award in conjunction with each IndyCar Series event. The award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL event, and is traditionally given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of races run in series history. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the 122nd race in IndyCar Series history, but since the race is only 100 laps, the Firestone Performance Award will go to the driver who leads lap number 68, when the 122nd race mile is completed.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Dana